BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A former Bullitt County school bus driver and mail carrier who was busted for drugs is sharing his side of the story for the first time.
This is a story that the I-Team has been covering.
“Everybody knows me as the drug dealer in Mount Washington and I've never dealt drugs. I don't do drugs,” Joseph Mueller said.
It's the side of the story that Mueller said he's waited a year to tell.
“I stopped to help somebody on the side of the road and that's when it all went down,” Mueller said. “I am not a drug dealer never been a drug dealer.”
Mueller said he pulled over to help an acquaintance who was having car trouble and they were both arrested in Bullitt County. Mueller was a mail carrier at the time.
He was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
“There was never a controlled substance involved and Joe has maintained his innocence the whole time,” John Cook said, Mueller’s attorney.
After his arrest the I-Team revealed the Bullitt County School system hired him as a substitute bus driver. School officials said they didn't know of his charges.
The trafficking charge and marijuana charge have now been dismissed against Mueller. He plead guilty to the paraphernalia charge.
“I thought I could get the hell out of there and get it off my back,” Mueller said.
But he said it's not so easy to escape the past.
“It has altered my life like nothing ever has, ashamed, embarrassed.”
Mueller does not currently have a job.